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Our cargo team provides protection for goods while in transit (by land, sea, or air), in store during the ordinary course of transit, and in long-term storage.

We cover a wide range of transit and storage risks, across many industries on a worldwide basis (excluding sanctioned territories), with a particular focus on the US and Europe. With more than 75 years combined underwriting experience, Markel International has one of the most experienced teams in Lloyd's and is recognized as a leader in cargo. Coverage is tailored to our clients' individual needs to provide them with a bespoke policy for the industry sector in which they operate. The underwriting team is supported by our experienced, in-house claims team.

Cargo coverage options

Markel offers line sizes up to $50m on Company paper or $30m on Lloyd’s paper.

We write business on a primary and excess basis (coverage varies).

Policy coverage is generally on an all risks of physical loss or damage basis with wording tailored to specific requirements.

Key areas of coverage include:

  • Ocean cargo
  • Cargo stock-throughput
  • Delay in start-up (DSU) written in conjunction with cargo
  • Excess stock
  • Crude oil and refined products
  • Project cargo
  • Machinery
  • Manufactured goods
  • Excess basis only:

  • Vehicles
  • Wines and spirits
  • Foodstuffs
  • Contact our experts

    United Kingdom

    Daniel McCarthy
    Director of Marine

    Richard Burnett
    Senior Underwriter & Head of Cargo

    Graham Williams
    Senior Underwriter – Cargo

    Brook Styles
    Underwriter – Cargo, Specie, Terrorism

    Natalie Binning
    Assistant Underwriter – Cargo

    United States

    Jim Taylor
    Director, US Business Development


    Colin Fordham
    Senior Underwriter & Director – Marine, Asia


    Vyankatesh Tak
    Senior Underwriter & Head of MENA

    Vimal Vijayakumar